The movie in general. Juno is portrayed as being generally savvy, self-and-others aware, and pretty much the smartest, coolest one in the room. Why, then didn't she have the sense to use birth control? Surely she knows where babies come from! (ps—yeah, the same reason Hamlet didn't kill his usurping uncle four or five times over when he had the chance—there wouldn't have been a story. But still...).
Heat of the moment, perhaps? Intelligent people are just as subject to their hormones as anyone, and despite what the condom pushers say, people are not rational enough to consider the consequences when they let their sexual desires take control. Also, smart people take bad advice from their peers about as often as anyone else. Maybe one of her friends who's good at statistics but inept at logic happened to tell her about how low one's chances of getting pregnant from having sex just once are (and neglected to mention how that chance is still a chance and people rarely have sex just once)?
Maybe she just acts savvy, smart, and cool to divert attention from the fact she's an awkward, unpopular, pregnant teenager, and/or we're supposed to think she suddenly wised up upon seeing the consequences of her irresponsible behavior. And, anyway, she's witty but not necessarily sensible. She doesn't make that many smart decisions totally on her own.
Being self aware and/or smart doesn't mean impervious to stupid decisions. While she is quick witted there are many scenes showing that she is still a kid with a kid viewpoint of the world. Brenda criticizing her for visiting Mark with the ultrasound shows that she really isn't as smart as much as she would like to believe.
Their teenage daughter is pregnant and the parents are apparently COOL WITH IT. Not angry, seriously disappointed, depressed or humiliated (yes...that emotion might come up). They are just sort of blase about their teenaged daughter being impregnated. And...no serious discussions about the fact that their daughter getting pregnant means she is probably having unprotected sex.
Well both of her parents seem rather understanding, and really, unless they're gonna drag her to an abortion clinic or a surgeon to restore her hymen, what can they really do about it? Juno intended to give up the child off the bat and seemed to be acting responsible for her actions. Plus we don't really see most of the pregnancy as it skips ahead several months a few times.
There was one point where Bren reminds Juno that she has made sacrifices for her. Granted they specifically mention her wanting to own dogs, but the implication seemed to be there (particularly since she was sewing maternity pants for Juno).
I hated how Jason Bateman's character suddenly turns from nice guy to nigh-pedophile douche in the span of a single scene. Especially since he was hoping to raise a child with his wife. Why would he suddenly decide to get a divorce, move out, and get involved with a teenage girl? It made no sense other than to add drama.
He never seemed as enthusiastic about raising a kid as she was. And Juno made him feel like a "cool rock star" again, instead of "grown man who is about to become a father and is going to be making jingles instead of albums for the rest of his life". It was pretty foreshadowed the moment she first showed up with Vanessa not at home, as Juno's stepmom points out. All of the stuff he liked and enjoyed was hidden away into one room while his wife decorates the house to look like a toothpaste ad. He just didn't like it and saw Juno as a chance to escape.
Wait, you seriously didn't see his entire character arc coming from the moment he and Juno snuck into his room? That wasn't even foreshadowing, that was 256-shadowing (if you'll excuse the terrible pun).
This. The guy doesn't even sound all that enthused when he's first introduced and they're talking about the baby, and when she shows him the ultrasound scan, 'would ya look at that?' isn't exactly the first thing I'd expect to hear from a man excited to become a father. The fact that everything's not quite right with Mark and Vanessa is pretty much stated from their very first scene.
Juno herself didn't realize he was heading that way until that scene, and the film is, mostly, from her point of view. The signs are there, but she either ignores them or doesn't see them.
This is actually about the page on this site, but WHO is Hobson? I've seen this movie half a dozen times and never noticed a character with that name, yet they're listed at least twice as Deadpan Snarker.
The guy at the convenience store played by Rainn Wilson.
Vanessa, in real life, would probably be a horrible, horrible mother. She's manipulative, passive-agressive, and just downright nasty. Who would want to give their child to scum like her?
She's not really nasty, but more so a caricature of the traditional yuppie wife stereotype in modern society. She's exaggerated in a way so that she is a foil to Juno in every way possible (although some might just call that lazy writing). However, she made it clear that she was wiling to give the baby a loving, nurturing (if a bit controlling, but she isn't a parent yet and will have to learn how to deal with her child responsibly. Like every new parent) home when it could have ended up medical waste instead.
She's also genuinely fond of kids - that's what the scene at the mall shows, where she's playing with her friend's young daughter. It's seeing Vanessa so unguarded in the mall that makes Juno change her mind about her, as well as the absolute joy on her face when she feels the baby kick.
Bet you Juno's kid will have serious issues though.
So she's 'nasty' because her husband isn't being more mature and being more enthusiastic about a decision they supposedly made together?
No. Put yourself in the shoes of Juno's son, and hit the fast-forward button to the teen years, a time of serious angst and hormonal spurts. Imagine you found out from Vanessa that you were adopted, and couple that with years of living in a controlling, passive-agressive household with little emotional breathing room, and the fact that your real mother is, well, Juno. A sane boy would probably be disgusted.
Of course, it's hard to name a teenage boy that isn't disgusted with their parents.
Why would he be 'disgusted'? Adoption is an incredibly common thing, and I think that - without getting into abortion issues and the like - the kid would eventually come to appreciate that he has lived so far because of both his mothers? Who's to say that Vanessa would have to tell him he's adopted? Who's to say that the kid's adolescence wouldn't go by just like any other kid's teenage years? Who's to say that having a child to raise won't open Vanessa up more than we saw in the film? Adoption is a perfectly common thing, and it seems really bizarre to state that the kid would be disgusted over it.
Adoptive parent, mind you.
This is reading way too far into her character. She has some issues but at worst she was portrayed as both obnoxiously enthusiastic and naive to what it really means to be a parent, that doesn't make her an evil or nasty person. It's actually quite telling that in the whole sequence regarding the divorce with Mark they have a tinge of sarcasm but neither are immature about it.
And her being naive and overenthusiastic is exactly what's going to ruin her relationship with Juno's son.
How, exactly? As the old cliche says, there's no guide book to raising kids. And it's HER kid. Juno opted to give it up to her, regardless of how painful that decision turned out to be. Being a parent is a learning curve, and if you're trying to imply in any way that the kid might be better off with Juno rather than a grown woman who thinks she's ready, you're nuts. The film deliberately sets her up as a foil for Juno, and whilst she might make some mistakes in raising her little boy, that's a part of parenting, and you're arrogant to try and state otherwise. ALL parents are naive, overenthusiastic, clingy and all sorts of things in equal measure.
I'm not implying the poor bastard would be better off with Juno. In reality, he'd probably be an abused, neglected latchkey kid. Is it not true that Vanessa has a high-paying job?
Also, who is to say that Vanessa won't suffer from Post-Adoption Depression that would escalate into abuse?
Also who's to say you're just coming up with worst possible scenarios for a situation that isn't too bad.
It's common sense. I wouldn't stand living under maternal dictatorship, especially when said maternal dictator is a stuck-up bitch like Vanessa.
Aaand the mommy issues come out.
I haven't seen the movie in a while, but I don't remember anything that could imply that she was stuck up or even half as nasty as everyone here seems to think.
No parent is perfect and the scene at the mall with her feeling the baby kick is meant to contrast Mark's muted reaction to seeing the ultrasound. She is actually interested in being a mom and parents have to grow up just as much as the kids.
And if she doesn't?
You know, if I were Juno's son, I'd make Vanessa's life a living hell.